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Harbor Porpoises

 Oregon Coast

 

FABULOUS, TOTALLY COOL FACTS ABOUT HARBOR PORPOISES:

 

  1. What: Harbor porpoises are one of the smallest members of the whale family.
  2. Where: Harbor porpoises live along North America's Atlantic and Pacific coasts. Some also live in European and Asian waters.
  3. A Day in the Life: Harbor porpoises spend lots of time swimming around looking for their next meal--alone or in groups of up to 50 porpoises.
  4. Travelers: Some groups migrate 400 miles or more—for example, from Canada 's Bay of Fundy to the coast of New York state—searching for food.
  5. Favorite foods: Harbor porpoises eat mostly small fatty fish, such as herring and mackerel. Occasionally, they'll go for squid or octopus.
  6. Predators and dangers: A harbor porpoise has to watch out for predators, including orcas (killer whales) and large sharks. But people's fishing gear is their worst enemy. Every year, lots of porpoises get tangled and die in fish weirs, lines, and nets.
  7. Why saving them matters: A harbor porpoise mom has only one calf a year. There just aren't that many babies born to replace the ones that die each year. So you can see why saving even one porpoise matters!

 

 

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